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What could your congregation do if it didn’t have to worry about keeping up a building?
This month, the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will gather in Portland, Oregon. Commissioners will debate our denomination’s investment in fossil fuels and commitment to creation care, among many other issues. But the theme of environmental justice will hover over the entire assembly, going far beyond the overtures to be addressed in committees.
About a month ago, I began telling people that when my current parish ministry position ends in August, I’m planning to pursue work in faith-based advocacy and policy change in Washington, D.C. I’m always quick to follow this with a reassurance that “it’s still ministry, just not in a church.”
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Belhar and C67: calls to reconciliation ‘for such a time as this’ By Clifton Kirkpatrick | Professor of World Christianity and Ecumenical Studies and the William A. Benfield Jr. Professor of Evangelism and Global Mission at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He also has served as stated clerk of the PC(USA) General Assembly, director of PC(USA)… Read more »
Mission trip and new roundtable conversations lead to transformation By Cindy Corell | PC(USA) Mission Co-worker in Haiti and a former journalist Our group of six Americans and a couple of Haitians trooped carefully across the field where we admired Roma tomato plants, laden with their ripe, red fruit. Greeting us in the garden was… Read more »
Presbyterians help people in marginalized contexts gain access to affordable, healthy food By Tammy Warren | Communications Associate for the Presbyterian Mission Agency Mary Medina, a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer, thought she knew what a food desert was until she participated in a short-term mission trip to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “Then I understood… Read more »
A growing movement to reconcile natural and human communities may reflect a biblical vision for God’s creation By Rebecca Barnes | Presbyterian Hunger Program Associate for Environmental Ministries When I was a little girl, the tree in my backyard was the stage for my imagination. I spent hours by that tree, in a parcel of green,… Read more »
By Angie Andriot | Research Associate with Research Services for the Presbyterian Mission Agency God has given humans a responsibility to care for the earth. About 98 percent of Presbyterians agree with this statement, according to a recent study by PC(USA) Research Services. In addition, 90 percent feel that environmental issues are appropriate social concerns… Read more »
Have we been interpreting Scripture wrongly all this time? By Aric Clark | Writer, speaker, and Presbyterian minister living near Portland, Oregon. He is also the creator of LectionARIC, a YouTube channel devoted to reading the texts of religion and culture with “geeky irreverence.” Even when I am sitting alone in a cozy nook with… Read more »